EC issues notice to Amit Shah for hate speeches in UP

Lucknow, April 07 (ANI): The Election Commission on Monday issued notice to BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's close aide Amit Shah for his hate speeches in the riot-affected areas in Uttar Pradesh. It asked the BJP leader to explain within three days as to why action should not be initiated against him for violating the model code through his speeches made while campaigning in Shamli, Bijnore and Muzaffarnagar districts in the state. Shah, who is in charge of the BJP's campaign in Uttar Pradesh, had allegedly said in a speech that the election is a chance to seek "revenge for the insult" inflicted during the riots in Muzaffarnagar in September last, in which nearly 60 were killed and thousands displaced. Apr 7, 2014

LS Polls 2014: EC on Assam and Tripura voter turnout

New Delhi, April 07 (ANI): The Election Commission on Monday informed that the voter turnout in Assam till 5 pm is approximately 72.5 % which is expected to cross 75% as people are still standing in queues to cast their vote. The EC also informed that the poll percentage is about 84% and is expected to go up by 1-2%. Apr 7, 2014

Urs of Saint Hazrat Sai Lal Din- where people of different religions unite

Rajouri, April 07 (ANI): Rajouri district of Kashmir is well known for amity between Hindus and Muslims. And the celebration of annual Urs of Saint Hazrat Sai Lal Din is a perfect example of this fact. Every year devotees from different faiths come here in large numbers to pay obeisance to the revered saint. Legend has that the saint was a mystic who devoted his entire life for the betterment of mankind and preached communal harmony. It is believed that wishes of the devotees who come from all across the country are fulfilled here.People in Rajouri prepare for the Urs enthusiastically and everyone irrespective of their religion takes part in the arrangements. A special meal is prepared for all the devotees. Apr 7, 2014

Abu ka Maqbara in Meerut- Perfect example of Hindu-Muslim friendship

Meerut, April 07 (ANI): Meerut, situated in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh, is famous for harmony between people of diverse religions who live here. One place in the city, which exemplifies this fact, is Abu ka Maqbara. The uniqueness of this shrine is that a Hindu built it in remembrance of his Muslim friend. Legend has it that Abu Hasan and Bihari Lal were very good friends and religion never came in way of this bond. After Abu Hasan passed away, Bihari Lal built a shrine in his memory. The shrine now stands as a perfect example of friendship and communal harmony. Apr 7, 2014

Orban cruises to re-election in Hungary

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban wins a clear victory in elections, while the far-right Jobbik party increases its share of the vote. Duration: 00:52 Apr 7, 2014

Searchers scour debris for Solomon floods missing

Tearful residents and aid workers in the flood-ravaged Solomon Islands continue to scour debris for bodies, days after flash floods tore through the capital Honiara. Duration: 00:43 Apr 7, 2014

Raghu Ram to campaign for Gul Panag

Chandigarh, April 07 (ANI): MTV Roadies fame, Raghu Ram who is campaigning for the Aam Aadmi Party on Monday said that he will campaign for AAP candidate Gul Panag in Chandigarh tomorrow. Talking to mediapersons, he said that he always wanted to fight against corruption, communalism and this time he has an option of AAP. Apr 7, 2014

Bangladesh fans expect cricket team to atleast fight,if not win regularly-Senior Journalist

New Delhi, April 07 (ANI): Bangladesh has a not very impressive cricket history in its store with a relatively poor performance in ICC T20 World Cup 2014 too, where the team failed to reach even in the semi finals. Talking about the same, senior sports journalist Harpal Singh Bedi said that Bangladeshi fans don’t really expect the team to win all the time, but to keep a good fight, and that the nation too has gone significantly more positive towards cricket than football. Bedi said that though it was a shocker to get defeated by Afghanistan in the Asia Cup for Bangladesh, the team did beat many big teams in number of tournaments earlier. Further, the Sports Journalist pointed out to the differences in the Bangladesh cricket team as one of the reason for its depreciating performance. Bedi said that former captain Saquib Al Hasan also has his own grudges after he was removed from the post. Apr 7, 2014

Not even Gujarat govt could achieve what we did: Akhilesh

Bihar, April 7 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday while addressing a rally in Barh district of Bihar highlighted the achievements of Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh in the last few years. Akhilesh said that the SP Government has done a lot for the development of his state during his tenure bringing to the public notice various policies issued by his party. Yadav also targeted Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi saying that the achievements of Uttar Pradesh Government could not be brought in Gujarat even in Modi’s three times Chief Ministerial tenure. Yadav further gave an insight to the future policies of his government one of which being Samajwadi Pension and other benefits for the poor, farmers and labour class Apr 7, 2014

Ram Mandir construction has nothing to do with Hindutva: Joshi

New Delhi, April 07 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Murli Manohar Joshi on Monday said the party's stand to explore all possibilities within framework of the Constitution to facilitate the construction of the 'Ram Mandir' in Ayodhya has nothing to do with Hindutva, and added that it is related to cultural development. Earlier in the day, the BJP released its manifesto for the Lok Sabha elections and reiterated its stand to explore all possibilities within framework of Constitution to facilitate construction of 'Ram Mandir' in Ayodhya. Apr 7, 2014

Haryana govts policies made Rahuls brother-in-law rich: Narendra Modi

Jhajjar, April 7 (ANI): BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Monday took a jibe at Congress Vice president Rahul Gandhi at a rally in Jhajjhar, Haryana. Modi said that Haryana government’s policies, that were highlighted and appreciated by Rahul Gandhi few days ago, has benefitted his brother-in-law Robert Vadra. Apr 7, 2014

Dynasty politics will end, Congress will lose, says BJP

Bhubaneswar, April 07 (ANI): Senior BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu, on Monday attacked ruling Congress party and said that dynasty politics was coming to an end and Congress would not receive votes beyond double digit. Addressing a news conference in Bhubaneswar Naidu said that BJP will emerge as a winner in the world’s biggest election. Naidu said Congress party was losing candidates and attacked third front, saying it was nothing but a mirage. He also slammed Chief Minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik, for no development in various sectors like employment, education, health and others. Apr 7, 2014

Congress moves EC against BJPs manifesto over violation of model code of conduct

New Delhi, April 07 (ANI): Congress on Monday moved Election Commission against BJP’s election manifesto over violation of model code of conduct. Congress Legal Cell Secretary KC Mittal said that releasing manifesto on polling date is a violation of rules. Further, he said that the party also used religious sentiments which could have incited people’s sentiments and mentioning Ram mandir and Section 370 to garner votes is a violation of rules by the party. Further, Mittal said that the document is a violation of rules as a whole and the Congress party has requested the EC to annul the same. Apr 7, 2014